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RIBA City CPD Club 2020 Norwich Day 1

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City CPD Club Norwich Day 1

We have updated the 10 mandatory RIBA CPD Core Curriculum topics in response to the skills our members need to practice architecture, now and in the future. The ten Core topics will help you maintain competence, update your knowledge, acquire new skills, future-proof yourselves and your businesses and deliver socially purposeful architecture.

The RIBA City CPD Club 2020, an innovative schedule of seminars and workshops covering the 10 mandatory topics, is designed to help you achieve your annual CPD requirements.

Design risk management: design coordination and the challenge of culture change

This seminar will give an overview of building and life safety for architects on small projects and will look at examples of risk and liability, regulatory oversight and competence in practice. Focusing on different procurement routes and construction contracts, the seminar will address key examples of design co-ordination, fire, contract administration, risk, negligence, contracts, liability, quality control, specification of materials, transfer of design responsibility, inspection duties, practical completion and practical issues facing architects.

The seminar will focus on the following issues:

  • Building a Safer Future Consultation Report

  • The Hackitt Review

  • The report of the independent inquiry into the Construction of Edinburgh Schools

  • Inspection duties

  • Practical completion

  • Construction contracts

  • Hazards and risks

  • Risk management

  • Regulatory oversight

  • Design coordination and the challenge of culture change

  • Practical examples on site for small scale projects

Speaker: Matthew Cousins, Sense Studio
Matthew is a RIBA chartered architect and expert witness at Sense Studio in London. He has wide ranging experience as an architect in practice. Matthew is a visiting lecturer at Westminster University and a professional studies advisor at the University of Cambridge. Matthew is a RIBA expert member in the RIBA Regulations and Standards Advisory Group and is the author of the Architect’s Legal Pocketbook.

Core Curriculum topics

1. Business, clients and services
2. Health, safety and well-being
3. Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: policy, strategy and delivery in business

Diversity and Inclusion relies on the principle of equity, is underpinned by legislation and delivers social and business value. This interactive seminar will enhance your understanding of ED&I whilst also providing greater awareness of its legal and business case and will help you identify tools to review and update your strategy and discuss initiatives for impact.

This session will provide an introductory overview which will enable you to make a difference within the context of both small and large organisations. Providing an improved understanding of the tripartite nature - knowledge, behavior and attitude, you will be able to explore and prioritise actions and identify a pathway to measurable and sustained improvement. In detail, this seminar will discuss:

  • UK Equalities legislation; the implication for individuals and businesses

  • Business value and wider benefits

  • Inclusive leadership

  • Assessing your context

  • Unconscious Bias

  • Formulating a strategy

  • Policies

  • Difficult conversations and workplace culture

Speaker: Teri Okoro, TOCA
Dr Teri Okoro is director of TOCA, a design and project management consultancy. Dual qualified as an architect and chartered project professional, she is a fellow of both RIBA and APM, the Chartered Body for the Project Profession. Teri sits on the Diversity and Inclusion Panel of the Construction Industry Council and has over twenty years’ experience of leading on diversity and inclusion in practice and strategically at board level. An inclusion influencer and strategic change advocate, she authored APM’s thought leadership paper on diversity and inclusion as well as writing and presenting extensively in the UK and internationally.

Core Curriculum topics

1. Architecture for social purpose
2. Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance
3. Business, clients and services

Business resilience: managing a business in uncertain times

A successful firm of architects needs to balance the delivery of high-quality architecture with the careful management of the business. In times of uncertainty, the fast pace of modern practice can sometimes make it difficult to see the big picture and consider future opportunities and threats.

This seminar will provide you with helpful and practical tips on running a successful practice and is targeted at both experienced and less experienced practitioners.

Whether the practice wishes to grow, move into new sectors, or simply maintain its current operation, this interactive session will explain why a plan is important, covering the following:

Internally focused concerns: operational factors

  • Your business and future aspirations

  • Understanding your strengths and the possible threats

  • Impact on working capital and cash flow at times of growth and recession

  • Using practice data to maximise profit

  • Your business plan, implementation and monitoring

  • Your office team, using unique skills

  • Planning for uncertainty, considering resilience

Externally targeted issues

  • Understanding your markets and trends, maintaining a competitive edge

  • New sectors, diversification of service, opportunities and risks

  • Increasing your profile, targeting changes in perception

  • Getting the message out there and using social media

Implementing and monitoring the plan

  • This CPD will focus on “How you can achieve your targets and build in resilience”, using case studies with an interactive exercise and helpful tips

Speaker: Peter Farrall, University of Liverpool
Peter is an architect with 25 years’ experience as a partner at a small multidisciplinary firm of architects and quantity surveyors, Design Group Chester (DGC). In 2015, he became a full-time member of the academic staff at Liverpool University School of Architecture, where he is responsible for delivering practice management lectures and running the fourth year of the MArch programme. Prior to joining DGC, Peter worked for a number of larger practices in the North West. He is closely involved with the RIBA, President Emeritus of the Liverpool Architectural Society, and has served on the National Council.

Core Curriculum topics

1. Business, clients and services
2. Procurement and contracts
3. Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance

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For more information on these or other topics included in the RIBA City CPD Club 2019 programme, please see programme page or booklet.

Core/City (PAYG) 

  • Cancellations are acceptable in writing up to 10 working days of the event, please contact regional office for cancellation requests
  • Substitutes are permitted at any time*, please contact regional office for substitution requests
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